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I was watching a few bees dragging dead ones out of the hive onto the grass in front of the hive and it seems like the bees have a hard time getting shed of the dead one, they drag the dead ones through the grass to try to release it. I have also seen a couple just fly off with the dead bee still attached. What makes it so hard for them to release a dead bee?
 

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They are just trying to drag/carry the remains far enough away from the hive.
They often fly some distance from the hive.

It's not hard to release, just the bees way of housekeeping.

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Maybe they're hesitant to part from a lost sister?
 

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ever watch bees festoon in a package or when they cluster? they have little hooks (I think on their legs) where they can cling together in chains. detaching themselves is not so simple.
 
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